Dear Readers,

I’m happy to introduce Pedestal 79. Special thanks to poetry editors Bruce Boston and Marge Simon for compiling another dynamic issue of speculative poetry. Thanks as well to Ricardo Nirenberg, Richard Allen Taylor, David E. Poston, Lee Rossi, Robert Fillman, and Cindy Hochman for their insightful and engaging reviews. The featured art in this issue is a striking photograph by Chad Weeden that combines an economic and cultural commentary with an appreciation for the naturally surreal.

It’s an unusual piece for Pedestal, but also included in this issue is a list of twenty stellar albums released in 2016. I hesitate to call it a “best-of,” but this line-up does, I think, include some of the more interesting popular projects released this year.

As mentioned previously, please feel free to offer any feedback on the (still relatively) new site. Also, we’ll be phasing out our old email platform (Listwriter) with the December campaign. If you haven’t resubscribed, and would like to, please follow the provided link in the email.

Oh, this issue marks Pedestal‘s 16-year anniversary!

Happy holidays, and all my best for an inspired 2017,

John Amen
Charlotte, NC
December 22, 2016

 

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